In episode 37, The Occupational Philosophers chat with highly engaging, world class storyteller and very funny Tim Vaughan-Hughes. 

Tim is one interesting cat! 

He began his career with the stage management team at Glyndebourne Opera, and trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has subsequently performed extensively in all media. He joined the Monty Python production team for their feature films Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

He now acts as a mentor and ‘enabler’ to senior management and executives in the areas of creating impact, change, confidence building, presentation skills and personal development. His clients include Sony, HSBC, PwC, Cisco Systems, BT, Lloyds Bank, DHL and HBOS to name a few. 

He is also one of the most entertaining keynote speakers and after dinner speakers going around! 

His training skills and personal development include media coaching, Presentation Polishing and script writing for Business executives. He helps individual clients with finishing touches to their speeches, rehearsing and prepares them for camera or conference appearances.

As well as working with business executives privately or in a group, he runs open classes, and regularly presents a popular master-class to help people create impact in both their business and private lives (with the course being delivered across the globe). 

In this episode, they explore: 

  • What we can learn from the principles of stage management 
  • How we can find more confidence from finding our inner alter ego 
  • Why it’s important to recognise the difference between nerves and fear 
  • Why all great performers practice, practice, practice and get loads of help 
  • How the right to fail is a god-given right – it should be in your team charter
  • How if you’re not nervous you are either drunk or you died yesterday (one of our favourite lines ever)
  • John also struggles to even get out a basic sentence then looks blame others….

As always, there are some great thought experiments.

This time it’s “Whose speech is it anyway?” 

You can connect directly with Tim on LinkedIn at

We hope you enjoy the show! 


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